Linux Restricted Shell Breakout via the find commandedit

Identifies Linux binary find abuse to break out from restricted environments by spawning an interactive system shell. The find command in Unix is a command line utility for walking a file hirerarchy and the activity of spawning shell is not a standard use of this binary for a user or system administrator.It indicates a potentially malicious actor attempting to improve the capabilities or stability of their access.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:


Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5m

Searches indices from: now-9m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Linux
  • Threat Detection
  • Execution
  • GTFOBins

Version: 1

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

process where event.type == "start" and in ("bash", "sh") and == "find" and process.parent.args == "-exec" and
  process.parent.args == ";" and process.parent.args in ("/bin/bash", "/bin/sh", "bash", "sh")